The car park of St Ives shopping centre in Goodna.
The car park of St Ives shopping centre in Goodna.

Goodna residents reflect on damage

IT WAS a heartbreaking day for the suburb of Goodna yesterday as residents took stock of the damage the floods inflicted on their homes and businesses.

Goodna was one of the worst-affected areas in Ipswich this week and it has all the visible damage and mud to prove it.

One of the myriad of tough luck stories in the community involved the Kaleidoscope Early Learning Centre on Alice Street.

Only six months ago, a bus ran off the road and ploughed into its nursery, causing up to $500,000 worth of damage.

In devastating news for staff and families that attend the kindy, the centre emerged from the floodwater with significant damage to all its contents.

However their clean-up efforts were aided during the day when hard working RAAF officers came into town to help.

In Spalding Crescent, Dorothy Reddaway started cleaning her unit after accessing it for the first time yesterday.

She had come back from staying at her daughter’s house on higher ground to find her unit and contents destroyed.

“The water was way over the roof,” she said.

We came back and found other people’s tables and chairs on my roof.”

“The ceilings in every room have fallen in and the cupboards are all off the wall.

“Everything is an absolute mess and the smell is atrocious.”

In the same street, Helen Glazewski walked into her house for the first time since Tuesday.

She knew she was coming back to a disaster zone, having spotted the top of her roof peeking out of the floodwater on Thursday.

Goodna business owners started cleaning out their premises too, with an army of volunteers lending a hand where they could.

It is the type of community spirit Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said would be on display in Goodna in the coming weeks and months.

Mrs Miller’s office was also destroyed in the floods, so the MP has set up a marquee near the Digger’s Rest war memorial.

“The community will work together to clean this mess up,” she said.

Three people where charged on Thursday night with stealing offences related to looting in Goodna.



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